Worried About My Roosters Spurs.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tapolla, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. tapolla

    tapolla New Egg

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    In March 2011 a white rooster adopted us: He is on my avatar photo. 6 months later a friend gave me 3 brown shavers who we named, 'Little Miss Green Eyes, Stardust and Miss Dreamy'. The hens are slightly bigger than my rooster 'Bok Bok'. My Hennies have given us 3 eggs a day since they first came in to our family. My concern is for my Rooster 'Bok Bok'. His Spurs have grown so long and I am worried about them pricking his flesh when he perches. The hens haven't been affected by them. because they are growing toward his belly. I can't pick him up since he's had his hennies. Are spurs sharp. What should I do?
     
  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    You will need to trim them back if they are that long and overgrown. Some people remove them with various methods, we just trim them occasionally. My husband just lays our rooster on a work table, lops off the spur and then files it smooth so it's rounded on the end. You can also use a Dremmel to smooth the cut end. We do this as needed, maybe every couple of months.
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I saw a youtube once on twisting the spurs off with a pair of pliers. Then there is a softer spur underneath that you leave...it regrows.
     
  4. tapolla

    tapolla New Egg

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    Gosh 'Bok Bok' has become quite 'Macho' since he's had his hens. How would I pick him up without hurting myself or him?
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    When I need to treat a bird I wait until they roost at night. They're stupid with sleep and you just firmly pluck them off the roost. If it's a rooster I usually wrap him in a towel. If you keep their head covered they're usually pretty docile.
     

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